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    Interior Chatter

    Lots of new lines coming soon!

    Lots of new lines coming soon!

    We are in full creative mode here at O+F at the moment, and busy making lots of new product ranges to try out at the Country Living home exhibition in March.

    We have table runners, placemats and we are looking at extending our range of bedding to include throws and US sizes as we have realised our business is as much US as the UK. 

    We are also developing our famous seat covers in other country inspired styles so do come and see us if you can!

    Come and see us at the Country Living Spring Show!

    Come and see us at the Country Living Spring Show!

    We are delighted to announce we will be exhibiting for the first time at the country living show, at the business design centre in March from the 16th-20th.

    We cant wait to meet our customer past, present and future! 

    Stay in touch with us via facebook where we will be giving some tickets away soon...

    Spring Fair

    We wish you....

    Its been a wonderful first year here at O+F.

    People genuinely like what we are trying to do, and its so heartwarming to see our Customers getting so passionate about the products we sell - all the pictures on our facebook page of our furniture in their new 'homes' proves that! 

    For 2015 we will continue and expand our furniture range, but we also plan to go big on romantic linen - the perfect accompaniment for a shabby chic style home. We will be introducing more bedding and lighting, chair covers and a whole host of accessories. Mostly designed by us and not just bought may I add!

    Affordable commissions have become our speciality, and in 2015 we will be opening our books again. So, if you have a piece of furniture in your mind, let us know and we can probably source, paint and deliver it at a fraction of the cost of a boring high street piece.

    We truly 'heart' our Customers, and from the bottom of ours we thank you for your support in 2014, and we wish you a wonderful Christmas however you celebrate.

    Rock on 2015!

    Mr and Mrs O+F

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    Make your own Footstool for £150!

     

    Did you know we can create a beautiful footstool for you out of virtually any material?

    You may have a vintage blanket, fabric or piece of material you love but don't know what to do with it. Our bespoke footstool are handcrafted with a quality choice of feet and we can also tailor the size to suit you. 

    Footstools are a lovely way to enjoy a gorgeous fabric everyday (like our Welsh Blanket footstools) and designing your own is so much more personal, cheaper and more fun than buying an expensive but cheap looking high street offering!

    Just contact us for more info.

    Always with love

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    A little bit about Welsh Blankets

    A little bit about Welsh Blankets…

    These highly collectable, gorgeous designs were made from two pieces of cloth woven together on a Dobby loom, and are exceptionally warm and heavy! They mostly originate from North Wales, and many were made for the tourist industry because of their eye catching desigms. In terms of timelines, the most commonly found ones come from the 60’s/70’s.

    Nowdays, these are real heirloom pieces and once you fall for them, it’s a love that will last a lifetime! They bring a gorgeous eclectic quality to your home, and the unique designs are unmistakable.

    Here is some further information from the website for welsh cultural history:

    Woollen bedcovers ('carthenni') have always been woven in Wales and, over the centuries, several distinctive styles evolved. The earliest blankets were usually made on a single loom and consisted of two narrow widths of fabric joined down the centre by hand. This was done either at the mill or by the purchaser at home. Single-loom blankets of this type were the norm before the turn of the twentieth century although, with the introduction of the double loom, many blankets dating from the early twentieth century were constructed in one section. However, many of the smaller mills, as well as individual weavers, did not convert to wider looms and, as a result, narrow-loom blankets continued to be produced in significant quantities during the 1920s and 30s and even later. Both narrow and wide-loom blankets are included in the selection featured here.

    Plain, undyed, natural wool blankets were the most common examples, and often featured bold, vertical stripes in black, navy or brown on a natural cream background. Plaids were also immensely popular and, during the nineteenth century, usually featured strong, dark colours against a natural cream background. Mill owners liked to mix coloured yarns and, although some colour combinations were enormously subtle and pleasing on the eye, some proved to be quite garish. Synthetic dyes were introduced soon after 1855, but many of the smaller mills persisted in their use of natural dyes well into the 1930s. These included madder and cochineal for reds, woad and indigo for blues, and various berries and lichens for other shades. Later blankets tended to incorporate more colours and there was a predilection for pastel shades.

    Many Welsh blankets were fringed at top and bottom but a true 'carthen' or 'fringed quilt' was to be used as a bedspread as well as a blanket, and was surrounded by fringing on all four sides. Blankets produced from Welsh wool also had a characteristically coarse texture. Due to environmental conditions and an irregular diet, sheep indigenous to Wales produced a comparatively rough fleece and this was reflected in the graininess of many blankets, particularly the earlier ones. Indeed, these earlier blankets are often currently referred to by interior designers and textile historians as 'gritty' blankets.

    The so-called 'tapestry' quilt, which was probably considered to be the most typically Welsh of all woollen bed covers. These quilts were not, in fact, made from tapestry at all but rather a double-weave cloth usually woven in two-ply woollen yarn. This double-cloth structure produced practical and hard-wearing bedcovers, as well as bold reversible patterns. The patterns featured on these 'tapestry' quilts were usually unique to individual mills and the earliest examples usually featured subtler colours and more intricate patterns than later designs.

    Source: Jen Jones, 'Welsh Quilts' (Carmarthen: Towy Publishing, 1997) and Ann Sutton, 'The Textiles of Wales' (London: Bellew Publishing Company Ltd, 1987).

    Care of Welsh Blanket Cushions

    Welsh blankets should never be washed! Always dry clean only, being that they are 100% wool.